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Building And Growing Your Team

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Building a great team is critical to success of your company, so you need to focus on hiring the right people that fit the culture of your company and the current needs of the company. In this episode, we’re going to talk about ways to find employees, strategies to create your hiring process, and why you should hire for your current company needs.

This is the Stretch Goals podcast, where each week we’ll share insights and lessons learned based on our experiences as entrepreneurs. We’ll challenge you to create ambitious goals as you start and grow your business.

Listen to this episode on our website (https://stretchgoals.fm/ep4/) or search for Stretch Goals on iTunes/Sound Cloud/Google Play Music.

Follow Robert (@robdickersonjr) and Scott (@the_scott_davis) on Twitter.

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Building And Growing Your Team

  1. 1. Episode # - Title Building and Growing Your Team Episode 4
  2. 2. Episode # - Title www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 Challenge yourself to create ambitious goals as you start and grow your business. Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team
  3. 3. Episode # - Title Robert Dickerson Robert is the Founder and CEO of Mapout a mobile learning platform that uses video courses to educate customers and train employees. He helps companies develop and launch products. Scott Davis Scott Davis is the Founder and CEO of MobX, a mobile development software agency. He has 20 years of experience developing software for Government, Finance, Sports and the Telecommunications industry. @RobDickersonJr @The_Scott_Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  4. 4. Episode # - Title Finding employees Hiring strategies Current company needs Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 Building a great team is critical to company success.
  5. 5. Episode # - Title Contractors vs. Employees The hiring process is a little bit different. Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  6. 6. Episode # - Title Growing the MobX Team ● Started out hiring part-time contractors (referral-based) ● Workload increased ● Researched full-time options ● Compared 1099 contractors with W-2 full-time employees ● Initially went with 1099 contracts ● Shifted to hiring key full-time employees Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  7. 7. Episode # - Title “You don’t necessarily have to hire all of your team as employees. If you have the key people . . . they can help manage contractors.” - Robert Dickerson Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  8. 8. Episode # - Title How do you find good contractors that stand out from the crowd? Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  9. 9. Episode # - Title Questions to consider ● Can you keep them busy full-time, or is it more of a part-time position? ● What is the contractor’s availability? ● How long can the contractor work on the project? “The mentality when you are hiring a contractor should always be that they are not permanent. That’s the nature of it.” - Scott Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  10. 10. Episode # - Title LinkedIn Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 Resources for Finding Contractors and Employees Existing Network Referrals Job Boards “There are really good people out there. You need to find the right person that fits with you.”
  11. 11. Episode # - Title Steps to Vetting Contractors Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 1. Provide sample project 2. Ask for an example 3. Review the finished product 4. Pay them for a relevant, short-term project 5. Measure efficiency and quality “This is a professional organization. We are going to compensate you for the work you are doing.” - Robert Dickerson
  12. 12. Episode # - Title “It’s like a marriage. If you even have a doubt, don’t do it. Just don’t do it. There are other candidates out there. Find someone better.” - Scott Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  13. 13. Episode # - Title How do you make employees most effective? Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  14. 14. Episode # - Title After you make the hire Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 1. Communicate milestones 2. Trust their skillset 3. Give ownership 4. Allow flexibility 5. Ensure accountability “It’s important to hire people who are better than you at their specific skill. In my company, doing this has helped grow the product.” - Robert Dickerson
  15. 15. Episode # - Title “If you let them own their vertical within your company . . . they’ll be more invested.” - Scott Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  16. 16. Episode # - Title TEXT Treat people with respect and tell them, “Thank You”. Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  17. 17. Episode # - Title “...it doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” - Steve Jobs Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  18. 18. Episode # - Title Hire for the current needs of your company Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 ● Is your company a startup, or established? ● Are you trying to hire the first couple of employees? ● Are you trying to grow your current team?
  19. 19. Episode # - Title Questions to consider Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 ● What will the person bring in terms of experience? ● How can they grow as the company adapts? ● Are they willing to learn? ● Do they have a growth mindset? ● Will they move the company forward? ● Have they been successful at this stage of a company in the past? ● How can they help you?
  20. 20. Episode # - Title Choosing the right candidate Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4 1. Be transparent 2. Set your expectations 3. Gauge their responses to various startup situations 4. Determine if they’re a good fit
  21. 21. Episode # - Title “When you start your company, you need to make quick decisions. You need to push things forward.” - Robert Dickerson Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  22. 22. Episode # - Title How do you identify people who fit within the culture and within the current needs of your company? “That’s my goal, to build talent internally. I want people to leave my company and go to Google, go to Apple, and work on huge, awesome projects. I’m really about fostering that kind of environment.” - Scott Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  23. 23. Episode # - Title You are investing in people. Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  24. 24. Episode # - Title “You really need to be passionate and willing to learn and willing to try things and fail.” - Robert Dickerson “I’ll hire passion over experience any day.” - Scott Davis Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  25. 25. Episode # - Title You need to be able to communicate effectively. “I’ll get them to walk me through their process . . . you have to be able to communicate what you did.” - Robert Dickerson Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  26. 26. Episode # - Title It’s all about hiring the right people. Let us know your strategies and processes for finding good people. stretchgoals.fm Episode 4 - Building and Growing Your Team www.stretchgoals.fm/ep4
  27. 27. Episode # - Title www.stretchgoals.fm

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